Why does pretty much every book/TV show assume that time travel will be only undertaken by the good guys?
(I AM aware of the ‘Terminator’ film series, but I still bracket that as “Good” because Sarah Connor was really annoying and the kid was utterly revolting)
If, when, such a machine evolves what’s there to say that it won’t – like every other invention – be abused by criminals, the military and morons?
Almost inevitably there will be “Time Tourists” asking Jesus to autograph a box full of Bibles….
“…could you just put ….’to Britney and all the kids’….
…NO! NOT in Hebrew for feck’s sake”
There will be Time Memorabilia firms selling stuff pillaged from the past such as old items of Hitler bric-a-brac (what would be the going rate for an old pair of his kecks on e-bay?) .
There would be Time Detectives investigating the Kennedy assasination and Marilyn Monroe’s death and putting together money-making videos for the History Channel.
(That grassy knoll is gonna get awfully crowded with all the camera crews)
…so, having considered all this, I am selling my Time Machine:
FOR SALE – Time Machine
4 careful previous owners
(…but 25 future totally irresponsible ones)
Only used twice (Titanic and Moon Landing joyrides)
Genuine reason for sale :
Divorce (spent too much time apart from the wife)
Genuine enquiries only – no time wasters!
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The above is an extract from my forthcoming book (published in 1983) :
“Time – the future is all hours”